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The most intriguing aspect is the inability of insiders to provide a coherent account of what is actually going on. How did Donald Trump, you know, happen?
by Mark Christensen - 23/06/2017 - 16 comments
Labor and Liberal are both to blame. Well might Australians say, 'a plague on both your houses'.
by Peter West - 19/06/2017 - 11 comments
So let's all step up! Let's make a stand on moral principle and commit to making more ethical food choices in the future to reduce animal suffering.
by Scott MacInnes - 9/06/2017 - 26 comments
Reports of more terrorist attacks force us to once again address the question: why are westerners enlisting with ISIS?
As with multiculturalism, diversity does not seem to include the possibility of syncretism or the evolution of new forms of culture out of existing forms.
It seems to me that ‘social justice’ is best seen as an aspiration, and that we will never achieve it.
by Don Aitkin - 17/05/2017 - 22 comments
As I have argued in earlier essays, I do not think that fussing over ‘inequality’ gets us anywhere, unless we are talking about inequalities in access to publicly provided health, or justice, or education.
by Don Aitkin - 16/05/2017 - 10 comments
Social progress, meanwhile, was not about attempting to weaken and re-engineer age-old institutions but about nourishing the existing social bonds of families, communities and voluntary associations.
In contrast to a build-up of arms in preparation for war, promoting peace required different values, a different literacy and language.
by Stuart Rees - 5/05/2017 - 48 comments
'Populism' is widely understood to mean support for the concerns of ordinary people, which is hard to argue with.
by Max Atkinson - 1/05/2017 - 14 comments
Announceables, rebranding, and the prestige of policy theory over delivery — the ‘arteries’ of government, driven by status rewards of social and economic importance, have come to dominate the ‘capillaries’ in a way that threatens the health of both.
by Nicholas Gruen - 20/04/2017 - 1 comment
Believe it or not, Easter celebrates a man who died a criminal's death and became the foundation for what are commonly called 'Australian Values'.
by Warwick Marsh - 13/04/2017 - 34 comments

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